Samford Valley Steiner School

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training

Samford is excited to announce a 3 day Staff Professional Development offering focused on the theme of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from Wednesday 6 July to Friday 8 July.
This PD is open to all teachers and teacher aides to renew and deepen our understanding of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and how we can be more responsive in our schools to all students in our care.

The SVSS College of Teachers has developed a full program  Diversity Equity and Inclusion July 2022 – Program that includes morning lectures, presentations and interactive workshops.

There is a rich line up of presenters:

Lakshmi Prasana
We are delighted to have Lakshmi as the morning speaker. Lakshmi is a much beloved speaker at Steiner Schools across Australia and internationally offering sound and inspiring anthroposophical insights, experiences and wisdom into a broad range of topics relevant to education and Steiner schools.
Lakshmi will also be giving afternoon workshops on bringing a ‘Steiner lens’ to the theme of DEI.

Aunty Flo Watson
Aunty Flo Watson OAM is an Elder, traditional owner and proud descendant of the Ghunghanghi People of Yarrabah, North Queensland. Aunty Flo is a founding member of Reconciliation Qld Inc. She was appointed by the Qld Premier as the first patron for Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and in  2015 Aunty Flo received an OAM for her service to Indigenous Communities. Aunty Flo talks about her experiences as part of the Stolen Generation, working towards Reconciliation and her work in the community. 

Nikki Whitmore – Training and Development Project Officer, Open Doors Youth Service
Nikki (they/them) is a Social Worker with over 10 years’ experience supporting LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people and communities. Nikki’s work is focused on the areas of suicide and violence prevention, inclusive clinical environments for health workers and organisations, and supporting school-wide approaches to affirming educational environments.  Nikki is passionate about deepening our collective understanding of the impacts of discrimination and harm on young people’s social and emotional well-being. Their work aims to increase equity in the areas of health and education and to support the creation of communities where all young people feel an individual and collective sense of safety, belonging, dignity, and agency.

Open Doors Youth Service supports young people with diverse genders, bodies and sexualities aged 12-24 across South East Queensland.  Their vision is that all young people of diverse genders, bodies, sexualities and relationships will be connected to culturally and developmentally appropriate services. They provide individual, group-based, and family support to enhance connections to family, culture, and community.

Kimmi Naidoo
Kimmi is a Learning Enrichment Co-ordinator at SVSS and has been actively involved in education for over twenty years, supporting a school culture that encourages continuous improvements in our service delivery as educators. Curriculum planning, design and differentiation to meet the needs of a diverse cohort of students from various cultural backgrounds with equally different needs, forms part of her core competencies.  Kimmi will be presenting a session on Inclusive practises.

Kate Finnlia
Kate Finnila is a registered Creative Arts Therapist and Teacher with a Masters in Mental Health in Art Therapy, and is the Wellbeing  Officer at Samford. She has worked in educational, community and hospital settings, implementing and designing therapeutic, well-being and educational programs while contributing creatively to exhibitions, research projects, presentations and providing individual therapy. Kate has also gained inspiration from cross cultural volunteering experiences in an Art Therapy context in South Africa and Lesotho. Kate will leading a workshop on diversity through creativity and connection.

Registrations are now open via trybooking

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